Passenger Van Crashes into Bronx Zoo – New York

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 at 4:54am

New York – An out-of-control SUV has run off an overpass and plunged into New York’s Bronx Zoo, killing all seven people on board including three children.

Wreckage off an SUV that fell into the Bronx Zoo after flying over the guardrail of an overpass. Seven people were killed- Photograph Louis Lanzano-AP

Among the dead were 3 young children (all girls) and 4 adults (one male and three females). The unfortunate vehicle crashed into the public zoo after driving off the Bronx River Parkway’s overpass.

Police identified the dead adults in the latest accident as Jacob Nunez, 85, and Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both from the Dominican Republic, and their daughters, Maria Gonzalez, 45, and Maria Nunez, 39, and three grandchildren. Police say Gonzalez was driving.

The children were identified as Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10, the daughter of the driver, Niely Rosario, seven, and Marly Rosario, three, both daughters of Nunez.

Giving details of the crash Jim Long, the spokesman for Fire Department conveyed that the accident occurred close to 12:20 on Sunday afternoon while the van was headed south, on the Bronx River Parkway.

As result of fatal fall at the said highway in the north of the city, the van plunged some good 60 feet and ended up landed right in the Zoo, said local sources. However, according to The Associated Press the unfortunate vehicle had crossed the entire southbound lanes after bouncing off the median. The paper further added that the airborne van fell nearly 150 feet, flying all over the guardrail.

Luckily, the entire Bronx Zoo exhibits and the visitors remained unharmed in the tragic accident. Emergency crews would be seen rushing to the accident scene and till the last reports arrived, they were still at the zoo. Meanwhile, the Wildlife Conservation Society runs the Bronx Zoo that is considered the world’s largest metropolitan zoo.